Phoenix based retro rockers Kings Of Dust have released a lyric video for the track ‘Ya, That’s Me‘.

The song discusses being stuck with who you are. Good or bad,” says singer Michael Thomas Beck.  “This was one of the tracks that the rhythm section recorded in one take. There are several of those on the record. But this one Greg and Jimi just locked into something. It’s got a pretty interesting bass line to begin with. I’m not sure he would ever play it the same way twice. But we seemed to catch a swing on that take that really made the song groove in the way it needed to.”

Kings Of Dust‘s self titled debut as produced by the band’s bassist, Greg Chaisson and engineered and mixed by frontman Beck at SoundVision Studios in Mesa, AZ.  It is stores now through Shock Records / Vanity Music Group.

Line up:
Michael Thomas Beck – Lead vocals
Ryan McKay – Guitars
Greg Chaisson – Bass
Jimi Taft – Drums, percussion


Review: Kings Of Dust – Kings Of Dust

Shock Records / Vanity Music Group (March 13th 2020)

Reviewer: David Pearce

Kings of Dust have been put together by bassist Greg Chaisson who teamed up with fellow rock veterans Michael Thomas Beck on vocals, Ryan McKay on guitar and Jimi Taft on drums. It is a similar approach to that taken by British band Cats in Space who have released four albums so far. Kings of Dust have just released their first and the question is whether they can tap into the same blend of experienced musicianship and new band enthusiasm?

First track, ‘Like an Ocean‘, sets out their stall with a Black Sabbath style explosive opening and Michael Thomas Beck’s Bruce Dickinson style vocals completing the NWOBHM picture. It is a driving start to the album that sets out their stall and makes it clear that this is not an album or group to be messed with. Next up is ‘Upon Reflection‘ which starts with great bass and guitar work from Chaisson and McKay. With a Judas Priest style sound this track brings classic heavy rock bang up to date.

What’s the Other‘ is a no-nonsense headbanger that channels Iron Maiden and brings Taft’s drums into focus. The heart of every rock and metal band’s sound is the drummer and Taft powers on his bandmates in every song doing the heavy lifting where required and coming centre stage when asked. ‘The Devil made Me‘ do it is another fantastic showcase for Beck’s vocals which reverberate from your speakers as he combines a growling bass on the lower notes with a satanic scream on the high notes.

My Piece of Mine‘ starts with a more understated musical intro before Beck shows off his ability to deliver a rock ballad with the best of them. ‘Ugly‘ returns to the driving Judas Priest template, combining urgent guitar solos and coruscating drums. This is the type of song that could be extended live to show off the abilities of each group member as they all come to the fore during this track.

Yours not Mine‘ is loud enough to set your ears ringing at the start before settling in to another Black Sabbath style track from their Ian Gillan era. ‘Ya, That’s Me‘ is pure 70s Quo with a start that reminds me of Down Down and is just great fun.

By You‘, an instrumental track, starts off with the gentle chirping of cicadas before moving into a bluegrass style guitar and picking up pace as the song gets into its stride then ends abruptly. After that song which lasts less than 90 seconds, ‘Mama‘ is a multi-layered rock track lasting over seven minutes that builds and builds and will go down a storm when played live. It has a real craft and subtlety of arrangement that make this perhaps the most satisfying track on the album.

Wolves‘ is another no-nonsense rock track that shows Kings of Dust’s mastery of the whole metal and rock genre. The album ends with ‘A Little Bit of Insanity‘, a short track that blasts through the listener’s ears and reminds you that this is a band who can make their instruments speak.

This album is a passion project from a tight knit group of rock veterans who have another chance and are determined to make it count.

Phoenix based retro rockers Kings Of Dust are set to release their self titled debut album 13 March 2020 via Shock Records / Vanity Music Group.

Kings Of Dust is comprised of Badlands bassist Greg Chaisson, one time Red Dragon Cartel (along with Chaisson) frontman, Michael Thomas Beck, lead guitarist Ryan McKay from the Crash Street Kids and drummer Jimi Taft from local legends Surgical Steel, Kings Of Dust find themselves rooted in mid 70’s era classic rock, recalling the likes of Deep Purple, Humble Pie, Bad Company and Led Zeppelin in their arsenal. Chaisson runs down the band’s approach: “There are some really great bands out there right now with that 70s style sound. But Kings Of Dust is first generation stuff. We were all there when it was a “sound” the first time around, so I think it’s very authentic, seeing as this is what we grew up listening to“.

Recorded throughout the spring and summer of 2019 and mixed this fall at SoundVision Recording in Mesa in Mesa, AZ, the self titled release was produced by Greg Chaisson and mixed by Michael Beck and mastered by by Brad Vance (Rainbow,Graham Bonnet) at Red Mastering

The album isn’t your run of the mill collection of three chord based love songs and “standing up to ‘the man” type anthems. Says Beck, “The song subjects vary from parents teaching their kids the rules of life to not letting your emotions get the best of you. Positive messages brought to life by a veteran group of musicians who don’t abide by the three chord rock theory.

Step back into time when rock and roll was just that with the new release from Greg Chaisson’s Kings Of Dust.

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Las Vegas top alternative rock act Wicked Garden have released the video for “Ask Me If I Care“, the second single from their critically acclaimed debut album, Post Dystopian Leisure Music, out now through Shock Records / Vanity Music Group.

Frontman Dominick Muzio says about the song, “It was written as a tribute to Pat Dinizio of the Smithereens. I was huge fan and the day he passed I wanted to find a way to pay my respects for his influence. The song follows his structures, with a catchy, big hook. The solo was styled in the jangly, open note riffs The Smithereens used. The lyrics are about someone who presents themselves as being on your side, but in the end they have an ulterior motive, so you have to call them out on it

Directed by Muzio, produced by Nicholas Muzio and shot at Wall of Sound Studios in Las Vegas, the video depicts the band running through a live audition for “Big Unit Records” and finding the company head, “Doc Wicked” (played by John Taylor Robinson) and his gal pal (“The Divine Ms. Christina”) involving themselves in a variety of situations ranging from taking selfies to a faux striptease, rather than focusing on the band.

The video will be added to The Music Network in the coming weeks.

The band will also release a single for “Ask Me If I Care” tomorrow and pre-orders can be found at